Forums, Loebsack Tour, Issues

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Congress member Dave Loebsack continues his Saturday tours of Iowa’s second district today:

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he will be continuing his Coffee with your Congressman tour with stops in Wapello, Burlington, Ft. Madison and Keokuk. At each stop, Loebsack will be available to chat with constituents about issues of concern, answer questions and provide casework assistance. These gatherings will be held at diners and coffee shops to give the Congressman an opportunity to meet with and hear directly from Iowans in a one-on-one setting. Last year, Dave held 25 stops on his Coffee with your Congressman tour throughout Iowa’s Second District. All tour stops are open to the public and media.

Saturday, March 23

Wapello

10:00am

Chief Brew

324 Van Buren Street

 Burlington

11:30am

Wake ‘N Bake Breakfast Company

713 Jefferson Street

Ft. Madison

1:00pm

Hy-Vee

2606 Avenue L

Keokuk

2:30pm

Hy-Vee

3111 Main Street

find a forum near you

Legislative Forums:

Make your voice heard. Thanks as always to the folks at infonetone.org for the list of forms. When you find a forum in your area, click on the highlighted link for the exact location:

03/23/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Rock Rapids

03/23/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Colfax

03/23/2019 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Eggs & Issues – Oskaloosa

03/23/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Council Bluffs

03/23/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Fairbank

03/23/2019 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Listening Post – Fredericksburg

03/23/2019 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – North Liberty

03/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Logan

03/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Office Hours – Clive

03/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Glidden

03/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Sioux City

03/23/2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Davenport

03/23/2019 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Listening Post – Nashua

03/23/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Town Hall – West Des Moines

03/23/2019 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Listening Post – Nora Springs

03/23/2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Legislative Forum – Winthrop

03/23/2019 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Town Hall – Burlington

03/25/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines

03/29/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Office Hours – Ankeny

03/29/2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Talk with Officials – Urbandale

03/29/2019 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Hampton

03/29/2019 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Legislative Forum – Allison

03/29/2019 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Education Forum – Iowa City

03/29/2019 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Legislative Forum – Waterloo

keep iowa courts fair

Issues:

On a party line vote, Senate Republicans passed a bill that would inject politics into our court system and put politicans in charge of selecting judges. It’s a terrible idea and we’ve got to stop it.

Right now, the bill is stuck in the House because it doesn’t have enough votes to pass.  But we’ve got work to do to keep it that way.  The special interests are working overtime to get this power grab passed and pack the courts to push through their right wing agenda to end same sex marriage and stop women from making their own decisions.

Please contact your state representative today and encourage them to vote NO on Senate File 237. 

GOP’s Sunshine Tax

The Iowa Senate has approved another bill to add a sunshine tax on Iowa homeowners and businesses who have installed solar energy.  Their plan would raise taxes on solar customers by about $300 per year and would stifle the solar energy industry in Iowa, which employs about 800 people.  The bill is being pushed by special interest groups who already have a monopoly on the energy market in Iowa. 

You can read more about this here.

Please contact your lawmakers and ask them to vote NO on SF 583/HF 669.

Bill Watch  

Below is a list of bills we’re tracking this session that may be of interest to you.  As session continues, we’ll be updating this list for you to keep you up to speed on the legislative process and take action.

One issue that I do not see on the list is an issue that is hot in Republican circles these days: Forcing Medicaid recipients to work.

This is simply a crazy idea and is some sort of punishment for being poor, I guess. Most Medicaid recipients already work, but their pay is too low to allow them to pay for insurance.

A much better bill would be one that made employers pay wages that would allow employees be able to afford the basic necessities of life, including access to health care.

An even better bill would be to make health care available to all, regardless of their station in life.

This will only add more costs to a system that is overloaded with costs now and is functioning extremely poorly in Iowa.

Bad Ideas from GOP Lawmakers
Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
SJR 21 Constitutional Amendment banning abortion in all cases Senate Floor Contact your lawmaker
SF 237/HF 503 Politicize judicial branch by allowing GOP to appoint all judges Passed Senate, House Floor Contact your lawmaker
SF 508 Religious exemptions, license to discriminate (similar to North Carolina) Senate Floor
SF 547 Vouchers for private schools/home schools Senate Floor
HF 636 Allows concealed weapons in weapon free zones, courthouses, and public/private workplaces House Floor
SF 588 Reinstates the death penalty Senate Floor
SF 307/HF 438 Repeal the state inheritance tax House Ways & Means/Senate Floor
SF 575 GOP voter suppression bill Senate Floor
SF 583/HF 669 Sunshine tax, end solar energy industry in Iowa Passed Senate; House Floor Contact your lawmaker
Democratic Bills: Improving Life for Everyday Iowans
Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
HF 135/SF 156 Fixing Medicaid Privatization House/Senate Human Resources
HF 383 Investing in public schools beyond rate of inflation House Education Committee (GOP passed another record low investment in public schools)
HF 147/SF 176 Restoring the rights of Iowa workers House/Senate Labor
SF 107 Protect the wages earned by employees Senate Labor
HF 109/SF 117 Reasonable accomodations for prenancy/child birth House/Senate Labor
SF 72 Affordable housing/revitalizing old homes Senate State Government
HF 91/SF 247 Raise Minimum Wage House/Senate Labor
SF 104/HF 221 Expand Medical cannabis use House Public Safety
HF 129 End GOP voter suppression/voter ID law House State Government
HF 501 Help working families with high cost of child care House Human Resources
Signed In to Law
HF 306 Low funding for public schools Passed House and Senate; Signed by Governor
SJR 18 Eliminates Background Checks; allows guns on college campuses, state fairgrounds, school buses Passed House & Senate; Must approved by Legislature in 2021-2022 to put to people for a vote
Dead for the Year
HF 257 Eliminate education funding to Planned Parenthood House Human Resources Committee
SF 27 Prohibits tenure at state universities/community colleges Senate Education
SF 28 Vouchers + eliminate Iowa Dept. of Education & Iowa Public TV Senate Education
HF 542 Prohibits state dollars from acquiring public land for parks, bike trails, hunting, fishing, or other recreation House Natural Resources
HF 51 Allows concealed weapons in places of worship House Public Safety
SF 259 Personhood; bans abortion in all cases Senate Judiciary Comittee
HF 160 Expands & reduces requirements for Charter Schools House Education
HF 448/SF 238/SF 239 Loosens requirements on immunizations House Human Resources
HF 249 Legalize the date rape drug and other hallucinogenic drugs like LSD House Public Safety
HF 248 Legalize mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs House Public Safety
HF 118 Eliminates permits to carry concealed guns; allows guns on school grounds House Public Safety
HF 194 Requires Iowa kids to read a Russian book before graduating high school House Education Committee
HF 187 Prohibits fluoride in drinking water House Environmental Protection

It is literals now or never, so speak up!

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